Here is a description of bait and switch on the macro scale. The worshipers of Dionysus experienced ecstasy – a feeling of communion and immortality – through rites of wine and dancing. One can argue – as this author does – that this joyful rite was replaced in the Middle Ages with the relatively sober Christian rite of the eucharist. The church tamed – neutered? – the rite of communion with God and drove drinking and celebration out into the secular world.
Through secularization, the potential for ecstasy was dialed back drastically and the sacred act of ecstasy became mere drunkenness and fights.
What would it take to reinduct a sense of the sacred into the art of drinking heavily? In our current mindset, a drunk drinks to forget. To drink alone is taboo. Drink is measured out, like pills at a pharmacy table: more than one or two and…
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